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Poster: MrMovie Date: May 9, 2005 12:19am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Educational And/Or Commercial Uses of the Archives

Let me toss my two-cents worth of thoughts in here about editing since I own a video/motion picture production company and we produce and edit film, tape and DVDs on a daily basis. There are other ways of editing that do not involve the use of a computer based program within your computer. There are other options. Most people are content with purchasing a computer program to do all of their editing because they are the least expensive way to go for the average consumer. We also have computer based editing programs most of which were custom made for our needs and to our specifications. However, for certain editing projects (in real time) we use a host of various editors and programs that are NOT computer reliant. There are self-contained editing boards and decks that use everything from Mini-DV to Digi-Beta to Digital-S formats. Granted, most of these types of editing equipment is beyond the financial reach of Joe Average consumer. However, there are consumer editing decks and accessories that are within the price range of the general consumer which would permit you to DL any file off the archive and feed that out of your computer and onto an Digital Tape. Once you have it on Digital Tape you open up a whole host of options in the editing process including remastering in THX and/or remixing into Dolby Surround Sound. Making the DVD from the finished edited product using this process is as simple as playback from your source into your DVD burner. We experimented with a few films from the archive that were in 'not so great shape' and in our spare time remastered them and they came out looking like brand new prints sans a few light scratch marks here and there. A good example of this was on one of the Universal Newsreels that was listed as "Poor Quality" When we got finished with it, that "poor Quality" was all but gone. We were able to take the film and make a negative out of it, rework the negative to refine the resolution, contrast and sharpness and then produce a new positive. As for poor sound we isolated the sound track and remixed in Dolby Digital to make it crystal clear. Most people would never bother with going through all of this let alone the expense of the equipment which is why production studios and editing facilites exist. However, if you have some spare change you can get a basic editing suite for under $5,0000 that would work fine for most average consumers who want to extend there editing experiences beyond their computers.